None of the 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday morning en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa has survived, the airline said.
Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam “deeply regrets the fatal accident,” the airline said on its Twitter account.
The group CEO, who had travelled to the scene of the crash, expressed his “profound sympathy and condolences” to the families of all victims, the statement read.
The tweet by Ethiopian Airlines was accompanied by a picture of GebreMariam lifting what appeared to be a piece of the plane debris at the bottom of a large crater in an empty field.
Little of the plane can be seen in the freshly churned earth.
Thirty-three nationalities were on board flight ET 302, which crashed near the town of Bishoftu, about 50km southeast of the Ethiopian capital, the state broadcaster reported.
Thirty-two Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Chinese, eight Americans, and seven British citizens were among the dead, according to the airline. Four of the victims held United Nations passports.